Regular submissions are closed for now but if you are a writer of colour we are reading submissions for our special issue Just Like the River


Exclusively for writers of colour

***BREAKING NEWS! The lovely Mythic Picnic have promised to match all our payments to writers accepted for this issue, meaning now every writer will receive not $25… but FIFTY BUCKS! Thank you so much, Mythic Picnic!***


Near the beginning of 2019, a thousand years ago, we ran A Long Time Coming – a special issue exclusively for writers of colour. It was hands down one of the best issues we’ve ever run. Mercedes Lucero’s Model Survivors won a Best of the Net award. KB Carle wrote THAT piece, one of our three most popular ever. Tara Isabel Zambrano’s A brief progression of natural disasters was featured in Best Microfiction 2020. Steve Chang’s In another life I used to be a dog and Shivani Mutneja’s Ugly Husband were both in the Wigleaf Top 50 longlist. And we loved every single piece.


From mid-September until mid-October 2020, we will be running Just Like the River, another special issue exclusively for writers of colour. But this time it will be even better because this time we are able to pay! Just a little bit – we don’t have much money I’m afraid. We will pay $25 (now $50 thanks to Mythic Picnic – see breaking news above) by PayPal to all accepted submissions. So if you are a writer of colour, please please submit. We can’t wait to see your work!


The rules are as follows:

1 You must be a writer of colour

2 Your work should be under 1000 words

3 We accept fiction, nonfiction, and many things that don’t fall neatly into either category. We don’t publish straight poetry, but do publish hybrid work and are open to experimentation

4 There is no theme – you may choose your own theme

5 Send work to – please paste it into the body of an email

6 The deadline (loosely) is September 1, but we encourage submitting earlier than that.

7 State clearly that you are submitting for the special issue – regular submissions will be closed throughout this period.

8 Regular submissions guidelines apply, except where the guidelines here are different!

9 There is no fee, but you need access to a PayPal account in order to be paid

10 Please send one piece at a time. We respond pretty quickly and you’re free to submit more after!


We are tingling with excitement!



Regular Submission guidelines…

submissions lengths

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IMPORTANT: At this time, we would prefer submitters to only send one piece at a time, for our sakes! Hopefully things will return to normal soon. Thank you so much for your understanding.


We only ask for first publication rights and the right to display the work for the duration of the journal. We may, in exceptional circumstances, remove stories for any reason without notice. Currently payment is in love ❤ ❤ ❤ not money, I’m afraid. Stories are proofread for punctuation, spelling, grammar and the like.


Please note, we often provide positive feedback in our responses, and may highlight aspects of a piece we particularly liked, but we do not offer critical advice.


jellyfish submissionsJellyfish Review Targets for 2020 calendar year 

We want more than 66% of work published in this calendar year to be written by women  and more than 40% by writers of colour.

At the end of the year, we will assess our progress.


Donations are welcome and have zero impact on our consideration of submissions

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Flash fiction <1000 words

Creative nonfiction <1000 words

Send to:

My favourite address is Dear Chris or Dear Jellyfish 😊

Expect a reply in under a week. Any more than that and you should query.

Copy and paste your work into the body of an email.

Unfortunately, we are no longer opening attachments (long story)!

Don’t worry too much about font or formatting – we can figure that out.

Our perfect cover letter includes a quick hello, title, author name, word count and a short, 3rd-person bio… but if you don’t like writing cover letters that’s ok too!

Simultaneous submissions are ok!

Multiple submissions (to a maximum total of 2000 words) are ok!

Resubmissions and previously published work (including work published on blogs and social media) is not ok!